The transfer portal giveth, and it taketh away. Just two weeks removed from starting wide receiver Mike Woods, the Arkansas football staff has dipped their hands in and grabbed some depth at a position of dire need. After a season where there didn’t seem to be any extra hands left to put on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage, Defensive Coordinator Barry Odom put the defensive line high on his priority list and has added some quality depth. The latest addition has come in the form of Tre Williams.
The Road Less Traveled
Williams is listed as a 6’4”, 220lb. weakside defensive end out of Columbia, Missouri. his initial stop was in CoMo under then-head coach Barry Odom, but in December of 2020, he put his name in the transfer portal and committed to the Houston Cougars.
That stop was very short-lived, though, as he left Houston a mere three months later. With the free COVID year that was given to all student-athletes, we have seen plenty of attrition in the transfer portal, so it is no surprise to see guys make more than one move after initially committing to a program. After entering his name in the transfer portal a second time, Williams will hopefully find a little more stability with the coach that he originally committed to.
Williams’ a Solid Contributor in CoMo
Coming out of the class of 2016, Williams was rated a 3-star composite player, and held offers from Power 5 programs like Cal, Arizona State, and even Arkansas. The Rockbridge product committed to Mizzou on June 5, 2015.
While he was at Mizzou, he found himself with quite a bit of playing time, and he will draw on that experience as he battles the powerhouse offensive lines in the SEC West. In four years at Mizzou, Williams has amassed 8.5 sacks, 85 total tackles, 49 of those solo. Against Arkansas in 2020, Williams finished the game with 5 total tackles, 4 of those solo.
The Total Haul for the Season
The addition of Tre Williams makes three total defensive line commits from the transfer portal in the last three weeks, and he joins the ranks of teammate Markell Utsey, who announced his commitment on April 25th. They join Illinois State transfer John Ridgeway, who could have really seen his offer list explode if he hadn’t chosen the Hogs so quickly. Ridgeway was an All-Missouri Valley Conference player in 2019 (the FCS opted for a spring season that Ridgeway did not participate in), and after Arkansas offered, Texas, Michigan and Penn State all follow quickly behind.
While the state of the defensive line remains to be seen until later in the year, it seems as though Coach Pittman has done a great job looking to the Transfer Portal for immediate help.
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